Depression BarbarityTuesday, December 29, 2009
The other day I received an email from a friend in Memphis, Tennessee that went like this:
A stark reminder of the society we live in. These are just a few of the items that appeared on our local news during the last two nights.
1. Memphis man commits robbery of another individual, then douses the victim with gasoline and sets him on fire which causes the victim to die a horrible death.
2. Several teenagers take a neighbors puppy, wrap it in a sweatshirt and proceed to beat the animal. When in custody of police and were informed of the death of the puppy, the teenagers laughed and giggled.
3. Memphis man, under the influence of witchcraft, proceeds to stick over forty needles into his toddler sons body.
4. I fail to mention the multitude of other robberies, murders, and rapes the are everyday occurrences.
And I’m strange and paranoid for carrying a firearm wherever I go. Go figure.
Tonight I turned on the local Fox station, and (4) stories led off the 11 o’clock News – all stories of shootings that led to murder on the east side of Detroit, including the video of one vicious party store (liquor-convenience store) robbery where the owner was shot and an employee taunted by three men with guns, one with an AK-47. It was all caught on tape and shown to viewers.
A couple of week ago, a 39-year-old woman in Venice, CA, who was the owner of a dry cleaning business, was brutally raped and murdered, while a defenseless neighbor (landlord?) watched through the window, and told reporters he “yelled at the attacker to stop.” He yelled at the man to stop? Ignatius Piazza gets it right about cowardice. And then the defenseless neighbor ran to call 911 so the cops could come in time to call the medical examiner. The woman, Eun Kang, was pregnant with twins when Boneetio Kentro Washington stalked, raped, and killed her and her unborn twins as she unloaded groceries from her car and brought them into her home. Boneetio, a lifelong scumbag, has played the system before, having been declared “not mentally competent” to go on trial for a previous crime.
Just two hours ago, I was visiting with friends who live in East Detroit. As we sat in the family room, talking and enjoying the evening, three (very close) gunshots rang out, which appeared to come from a shotgun. And I’m strange and paranoid for carrying a .45 – at minimum – wherever I go. Go figure.